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Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Located off of the Glenn Highway, 40 miles from Glennallen and 170 miles from Anchorage, this lakeside community of lodges and a few dozen residents is a place to play and relax. 


Beginning at Mile 159.8 of the Glenn Highway, Lake Louise Road snakes its way north 19 miles past views of mountains and Tazlina Glacier before coming to an end at the shores of Lake Louise. The clear waters of Lake Louise and adjoining Susitna Lake are spread over 37 square miles and represent Alaska's largest lake system with road access.


The 90-acre Lake Louise State Recreation Area features a campground with 67 campsites along with a picnic area and shelters, hiking trails, a boat launch, and a beach where campers can take a quick dip in the chilly lake. Nearby the state recreation area are two waterfront lodges with restaurants and bars.

Lake Louise offers great year-round fishing, especially for lake trout, burbot, and arctic grayling. The best fishing is spring through July and then again in the fall. Other summer recreation activities include boating, jet skiing, birding, and wildlife viewing.

In winter, Lake Louise is a checkpoint for the Copper Basin 300 Dog Sled Race held in January. Visitors and locals alike also enjoy cross country skiing, northern lights viewing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.


Soldiers originally used Lake Louise as a place for rest and relaxation when the U.S. Army was building the Glenn Highway during World War II. Since it was only accessible by floatplane, Army officials decided to build Lake Louise Road for easier access. After the war, the area was homesteaded but the lake eventually returned to being an outdoor playground when the state designated Lake Louise State Recreation Area.

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